Miles meets with media on Monday

The following are coach Les Miles comments to the media during Monday's weekly press luncheon:

 Opening Statement…

"The game looked a lot like I expected it to look upon review. I feel like we can get a little better if we do some things better than we did on Saturday against a really fine football team. What we're going to need to be against Auburn is good on defense, good on offense, great on special teams, and we have to play well in all regards against Auburn."

 On if he had an experience with another game with turnovers like LSU had Saturday…

"There was one game in my background that reminded me of the turnovers that we had last Saturday. Were we successful? Yes. After, we won a championship."

 On correcting the turnover mistakes…

"What we have to do here is focus on making adjustments and ask our players to do it better. Certainly they have character and they will."

 On what you do in practice to work on ball security…

"We have to do what we've been doing since the beginning of last spring. We have a period of ball security for anyone who handles the ball. They operate in an individual time frame where he practices getting contact with the ball and he practices getting yanked on and pulled on. It's a fundamental that everyone should certainly be comfortable with at this time."

 On the opportunities the team has ahead based on rankings…

"I think our football team is accomplished. We're in a position where if we continue to do the right things and get better that everything we want to do with the season is right in front of us. The first piece of business is to get better. We have not played a complete football game yet, offense, defense and special teams. If we can do that, we might beat a lot of good teams."

 On the Auburn team LSU faces this weekend…

"I think they have a really good scheme. I think that what they're doing works on play action with their quarterback, Cox, who does a tremendous job of getting the ball to an open receiver. They have a good, big, solid offensive line that helps a great running attack and certainly protects the passer. I think they're a really good offense."

 On the play of Ali Highsmith and the situation with E.J. Kuale and his upcoming return…

"Ali is playing extremely well. He's very confident and he understands this defense. Certainly he's in a position to play a lot of football for us. E.J. Kuale is certainly rehabilitating and coming back to health. His status will change based on how he plays in practice and how his injury heals."

 On Skyler Green's lack of touches in the Florida game…

"I think there a number of issues there. I think we are trying to do some things with other guys and that's certainly a part of it. And we have to get Skyler some more touches because he's too good of a player not to. We're trying to keep him fresh for special teams, but when a team decides not to punt to him, he didn't get the opportunity to touch the ball as many times. Our staff understands that it's a criteria for us and it's something we're working on."

 On if Kuale should play this weekend…

"I suspect he'll be practicing more this week. Whether he'll be ready to play or not, I'm not certain."

 On the flags thrown in Saturday's game…

"In fairness to our guys, not every flag that was thrown on Saturday was a necessity. I felt like there were a couple instances, and I'm not defending the fact that we were penalized at all, but there were a couple of instances where they're going to have to tell me why the flag was thrown. It changed situations, but it certainly didn't change the outcome of the game. But certainly our guys are making mistakes and we'll get that corrected. And that's on me, that's on our staff and our team. But there were two significant issues where I'm going to have to see how the conference feels."

 On Buster Davis' condition…

"I don't really know how Buster will play. He's been banged up all year, and I don't know when exactly he'll return to health. I think he probably could have played some on Saturday, but we're going on in that position and certainly if he gets back and he's healthy and we can count on him, then we'd love to have him. But at the same time we'd like to play the guys who are ready to play."

 


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